Pay TV in Spain shows robust performance, despite streamer expansion

Newly published data from Spanish regulator the CNMC shows that PayTV in Spain has continued to grow over the last year. Figures show a 7.7% increase in PayTV subscribers to 9.1 million, accompanied by a 2.5% growth in revenues. “Television with IP technology (through fiber and xDSL networks) continued to be the majority option, with […]

Most Spaniards still tuning in to public TV

Despite the rise of streaming services and the decline in linear viewing, over half of Spaniards are regular TV viewers of the channels of public broadcaster RTVE, according to the latest household panel survey from regulator the CNMC. According to the survey, 56% of Spaniards declared themselves habitual viewers of at least one of RTVE’s […]

Multi-play with TV rises in price in Spain, but continues to grow

The price of quad-play packages in Spain that exclude TV fell, but the price of quint-play services that also cover pay TV rose over the course of 2021, according to figures released by the CNMC, the country’s markets regulator. According to the watchdog, the price of quad-play packages comprising fixed and mobile telephony and fixed […]

Spanish watchdog takes action against Telefónica in DTS case

Spanish markets regulator the CNMC has instigated disciplinary proceedings against Telefónica for a “possible breach” of commitments it made when it acquired pay TV operators DTS iin 2015. The CNMC cited an alleged breach of reporting obligations by the telco as the reason for its move. The watchdog said it was “imperative to verify the […]

Spanish TV revenues see sharp year-on-year decline

Spanish TV and radio advertising revenues dropped by 10.7% year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, according to numbers published by markets regulator the CNMC. Overall TV revenues, including pay TV sales, also fell. According to the watchdog, TV and radio advertising revenues for the quarter to March amounted to €415.8 million, with commercial […]

Movistar+ secures rights to Bundesliga

Telefónica’s pay TV service Movistar+ has secured rights to German Bundesliga football through to the 2023-24 season. The company’s latest sports rights deal follows agreements closed over the last year with UEFA, the NBA, the ACB, the FOM and sports streamer DAZN. The pay TV operator says its sports portfolio, including the Bundesliga, is enabling […]

Spanish watchdog demands changes to Telefónica-DAZN F1 deal

Spanish competition and markets regulator the CNMC has demanded that Telefónica change the terms of its agreement over Formula 1 with sports streamer DAZN to meet obligations it undertook at the time of its acquisition of pay TV operator DTS/Sogecable. Telefónica agreed in January this year to sub-license Formula 1 rights to DAZN and to […]

Spanish watchdog gives qualified welcome to new media law proposals

Spain’s markets regulator the CNMC has published an update on plans for a revision of the country’s audiovisual media law which specifies that all players present in the market “that compete for the same audience” should contribute to the financing of public broadcaster RTVE. The change would mean that VOD operators and video-sharing platforms would […]

MásMóvil secures preliminary approval for Euskaltel takeover

Spanish service provider MásMóvil has secured preliminary approval from markets regulator the CNMC for its planned takeover of northern regional cable operator Euskaltel, which operates nationally via the Virgin telco brand. The regulator has approved the first phase of the takeover, which will see the consolidation of the fourth and fifth largest operators in the […]

Half of Spaniards consuming paid streaming video

Half of Spanish home with internet access now consume paid-for streaming video, according to the latest statistics published by markets regulator the CNMC. According to the watchdog, 49.6% of internet homes used such services at the end of last year, up from 40.5% at the end of 2019, a growth rate of 23%. The number […]

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